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On King day, Trump mentioned as much as civil rights leader

ATLANTA (AP) - President Donald Trump was mentioned nearly as often as Martin Luther King Jr. by those commemorating the national holiday created in honor of the slain civil rights leader.
For Trump, that was not necessarily a good thing. Two of King's children, the pastor of the historic Atlanta church where King once preached, and the Rev. Al Sharpton were among those on Monday who indicated the Trump presidency was undermining efforts to ease racial tensions in the U.S. And they sharply criticized disparaging remarks about African countries that Trump is said to have made last week.
Trump dedicated his weekly address to King on Monday, but that did little to assuage the criticism.
In a speech Monday in Washington, Martin Luther King III said, "We got to find a way to work on this man's heart."


Man charged with crashing into wagon train that killed 2

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man is facing charges after his pickup truck slammed into a holiday wagon train, a wreck that left two people dead, injured a child and forced draft animals to be destroyed.
WLOS reports that Michael McCoy is charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle more than four months after the wreck on the Labor Day weekend. McCoy's pickup truck crashed into a train of horse-drawn wagons near the mountain town of Waynesville.
Witnesses say the truck crashed into the wagon train caravan traveling along a two-lane highway near an recreational vehicle park about 35 miles west of Asheville.
The wagon train is a tradition and popular part of the town of Canton's annual Labor Day parade.


Coastal town investigates police department, chief on leave

CAPE CARTERET, N.C. (AP) - A small town on North Carolina's coast is putting its police chief on leave without saying why.
Multiple media organizations reported that Cape Carteret sent notice late Friday that Police Chief Anthony Rivera was on paid administrative leave effectively immediately during an internal investigation of the department.
Officials of the Carteret County town of about 2,000 offered no further information.
Rivera has for the past four years headed the department he joined in 1999.
Cape Carteret is located on Bogue Sound between the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base that a Marine landing strip known as Bogue Field.


Advocates: Judges' redistricting order shouldn't be delayed

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Advocacy groups and voters who've successfully sued so far in throwing out North Carolina's congressional districts because of partisan gerrymandering say federal judges shouldn't delay their order directing the legislature to draw new lines by next week.
Republican legislative leaders have asked both the three-judge panel that ruled against them and the U.S. Supreme Court to block the rewrite order while similar Wisconsin and Maryland cases are settled by Supreme Court justices.
Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and others on Friday told the three judges GOP lawmakers are making arguments nearly identical to those the judges rejected earlier. The groups say evidence is overwhelming against the Republican gerrymander.
The plaintiffs have until Wednesday to respond at the Supreme Court to the Republicans' request to delay drawing new districts.


Booty and books: New evidence of pirates' interest in both

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Dead men tell no tales, but there's new evidence that somebody aboard the pirate Blackbeard's flagship harbored books among the booty.
Researchers have discovered shreds of paper bearing legible printing that somehow survived three centuries underwater on Blackbeard's sunken vessel. After more than a year of research that ranged as far as Scotland, they identified them as fragments of a book about nautical voyages published 1712.
The conservators presented their findings at the annual meeting of the Society of Historical Archaeology in New Orleans.
Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, ship ran aground in Beaufort in 1718, and volunteers with the Royal Navy killed Blackbeard in Ocracoke Inlet that same year.
A private company located the shipwreck in 1996 off the North Carolina coast.
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Police: 10-year-old shot in mishap, 14-year-old charged

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina police are charging a 14-year-old with the accidentally shooting of 10-year-old boy in the stomach.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Monday the 14-year-old is charged with possession of a firearm by a minor.
The victim is recovering from surgery after the shooting Sunday afternoon. Investigators said there were multiple juveniles in the home when the boy was shot.


3 injured in shooting after suspects break into home

ARCHDALE, N.C. (AP) - Three people are recovering from wounds after criminals burst into and shot up a North Carolina home.
Multiple media organizations reported Monday that police aren't saying whether the people hurt were the residents or those crashing the home in Archdale, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Greensboro. Two of those injured have been released.
Police say there was a fight and bullets flew inside the home after two people burst inside Sunday night.


1 dead, 3 injured in early-morning Fayetteville house fire

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - One person is dead and three others injured in an early-morning house fire in Fayetteville.
Multiple news organizations report that firefighters arrived about 4:30 a.m. Sunday to find most of the single-family home engulfed in flames.
Three people had already made it out of the house when firefighters arrived. They were treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation and related injuries.
Crews had to fight the blaze from the exterior before entering to find a victim inside.

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